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Larry Ullman
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March 9 2011 0321733452 978-0321733450 4
With PHP for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide, readers can start from the beginning to get a tour of the programming language, or look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. This task-based visual reference guide uses step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to teach beginning and intermediate users this popular open-source scripting language. Leading technology author Larry Ullman guides readers through the latest developments including use and awareness of HTML5 with PHP. Other addressed changes include removal of outdated functions and more efficient ways to tackle common needs.

Both beginning users, who want a thorough introduction to the technology, and more intermediate users, who are looking for a convenient reference, will find what they need here--in straightforward language and through readily accessible examples.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for complete beginners Oct. 26 2013
By Leo
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This is a great book to start learning PHP. I started with 3-4 hours on YouTube and then just flip thru the book. Well written in clear language. I use it as a reference only... didn't read thru the whole book but it's definitely readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars php procedural Oct. 16 2013
By romeo
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great for who need a refresh of what php procedural mean, how it interacts with mysql.
brief introduction of OOP that's explained in another book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book July 18 2013
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This book is a very useful reference for those learning PHP. I find it easy to understand and well laid out. I would recommend this book to anyone learning PHP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner's Take Note: Ullman's Is the Ultimate PHP Book June 12 2012
By Susanne Cardwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Larry Ullman's PHP for the Web is unsurpassed as a beginner's guide to learning PHP. The book, for instance, covers many essential topics, such as variables, forms, sessions and cookies, numbers, and strings. Ullman furthermore provides excellent screenshots of the code to provide the macro, or `big picture', perspective while providing an explanatory break down of each piece of code for a micro perspective. Ullman also uses relevant examples that are necessary for making a professional Web site, including log-in pages and editing features for administrators. More importantly, Ullman's style of writing is instantly engaging, wondrously eloquent, and grammatically polished, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read of what might otherwise be considered a dry topic.

Prior to reading Larry Ullman's book, I read the entirety of a PHP manual by Kevin Yank, concluding the book with complete confusion and no practical skills. However, it appears that Yank has a new edition that might have some improved features. In addition to reading Yank's manual on PHP, I read Janet Valade's Dummies guide, which was the worst PHP manual imaginable, heavily laden with coding errors and misprints.

As a beginner to PHP and computer programming, the key to my success with Larry Ullman's book included the prior reading of Javascript, A Beginner's Guide, Third Edition by John Pollock. Pollock's book broke down not only Javascript into accessible components, but also explained the basics of computer languages, such as variables, arrays, regular expressions, and other essentials necessary for a solid background in introductory computer programming and PHP. After reading Pollock's book, Ullman's book appeared lucid and friendly-- a logical next step. Also, while reading Larry Ullman's book, I paid for a month-to-month subscription to Lynda.com and watched her video tutorials on PHP and MySQL. These tutorials accompanied with a read of Larry Ullman's book made for an excellent PHP and MySQL learning experience.

Larry Ullman's book is the ultimate guide for learning PHP for beginners. The logical progression from this book is Larry Ullman's PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites coupled with Rick Morelan's Beginning SQL Joes 2 Pros . After I finish reading Larry Ullman's second book in the series, PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites, I plan on tackling one of his subsequent books in the progression on how to make a shopping cart. Ullman also provides a book on advanced PHP, which follows his PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites book. Ullman is the master of providing easy-to-follow, comprehensive learning tools for programming in PHP; the Ullman series is a must for any beginner's library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We used this book for a PHP course Nov. 15 2013
By Blake Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book to get started with PHP scripting. Back in 2002 I started with Meloni's PHP Fast & Easy Web Development. Unfortunately, a lot of PHP books back then were riddled with errors and that book was no exception. This book takes you by the hand and teaches you PHP step by step. Thank you, Larry Ullman, for authoring awesome reader-friendly books on PHP!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 13 step program for wannabe PHP adicts Dec 1 2012
By Brian Marple - Published on Amazon.com
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Working with Meetups' PHP Percolate Season four [...] and Larry Ullman's terric book: PHP for the Web, fourth edition, was a terrific experience. The book moved us quickly from the earliest information up through all of the language constructs in a business like manner that gets the job done effectively. This book is simple to follow, easy to read, reasonably easy to use as a reference - I was always able to find something I was looking for; the table of contents describes everything being accomplished in each chapter.

The book stops short of complex PHP issues, object oriented programming and any real discussion on HTML - except by example. The use of HTML is well rounded if not thorough. The only thing I found to criticize is the complete omission of function arguments being passed by reference and what that really means. It doesn't explain that complex types, arrays and objects are automatically passed by reference and why. I guess that's the subject of a serious computer science course rather than a language primer.

The treatment of MySQL is quite thin but suits the purpose of the book's objective to teach PHP, not MySQL. All in all I liked the book very much and think others could be made like it that provide a working set of basic knowledge and allow for inspiration and play to occur while working the chapters. I look forward to the next book in the series: PHP Advanced and Object-Oriented Programming: Visual QuickPro Guide (3rd Edition) by Larry Ullman.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the true beginner Nov. 11 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I haven't found a lot of great PHP books out there, but the couple of books I've checked out by Lawrence Ullman have been first rate. Ullman writes very clearly, and this book, along with the CSS book in the Visual Quick Start guide series (by Jason Cranford Teague), are clear winners. I'd recommend skipping the VQSG JavaScript book, though.

I don't see how Ullman could make the introduction to PHP clearer or more gentle than this, other than than taking a Sitepoint-like approach and making the book full color with a lot of screen shots.

That being said, if you're not a true beginner, you can probably start with Ullman's PHP and MySql book, which I'm currently reading in the previous edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Oct. 25 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book helped me pass my class on PHP. I have no background in computing and am looking to change careers. This gave me a general knowledge of PHP and how to use it effectively.
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